Four Associations Ask FMCSA for One-Year Extension of Conspicuity Retrofit Deadline
May 1, 2001 12:00 PM
The Ocean Carder Equipment Management Association (OCEMA), the Intermodal Association of North America (IANA), the Institute of International Container Lessors (IICL), and the Association of American Railroads (AAR) petitioned the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for a one-year extension of a deadline in which to complete the retrofit of certain intermodal trailers and semitrailers (including chassis) with reflective materials.
In 1999, the Federal Highway Administration issued regulations calling for the retrofit of all trailers and chassis manufactured before Dec 1, 1993, with reflective material — as well as mandatory, existing lighting — by June 1, 2001. Of approximately 430,000 intermodal trailers and chassis governed by these regulations, more than 80% of which are owned or operated by the four associations' members, more than 55% — or some 237,000 — will be retrofitted by the June 1, 2001, deadline.
According to the associations, despite the industry's best efforts, a failure to achieve this goal by the June 1 deadline will render this equipment potentially unavailable for use. The resulting shortage of equipment could lead to congestion and gridlock at United States ports, rail terminals, and inland facilities just as the peak shipping season accelerates.
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